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WCPE's Education Fund
Application Deadline: March 31stPlease submit all grant applications for the WCPE Education Fund to:
WCPE Education Fund
PO Box 897
Wake Forest, NC 27588
or by emailing Dan McHugh here:
The Education Fund committee welcomes your recommendations for classical music education opportunities. Tell us which musical nonprofit organizations within your community could use WCPE’s funding. With you acting as our eyes and ears, we will be better able to serve the community. Together, we can make a difference!
From WCPE Education Fund Founder, Tara Lynn:
I am deeply touched by the support we’ve received from our donors for the WCPE Education Fund. Together, we are sending a clear message about the value we place upon music education and the importance of building a stable future for the arts in North Carolina. This summer, WCPE awarded five grants totaling more than $8,000, reaffirming our commitment to increasing access to Classical music education in North Carolina. Grant recipients include North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra, Community Music School, Chamber Music Raleigh, and Raleigh Concert Band.
Funding for Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra, a strings program now entering its second year, will provide printed music, new instruments, and tuition assistance to students from low-income families and families experiencing financial hardship. North Carolina Chamber Music Institute connects student musicians with top musical coaches in the area. Each student participates in a quartet or quintet, performing several times throughout the year in recitals and outreach concerts. A chamber ensemble will be named in honor of WCPE for the 2015–16 season. This season, a grant to Community Music School of $2,000* will provide professionally taught weekly music lessons for $1 per lesson to children who would not otherwise be able to afford them*. A grant from the WCPE Education Fund will allow the school to provide high-quality music education to more students at this affordable rate. Chamber Music Raleigh, formerly known as the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, will add outreach concerts to its programming in the 2015–16 season, making use of its resident ensemble, Oak City String Quartet, which comprises members of the North Carolina Symphony. A grant from the WCPE Education Fund will support family concerts at various Wake County public library branches targeting young families. Oak City String Quartet will work with students at Community Music School several times on Saturday mornings this season. Finally, a grant to Raleigh Concert Band, a recreational and educational adult ensemble, will purchase music and provide funding for concert venues in the 2015–16 season. To learn more about these grants, visit theclassicalstation.org/education.
Please click here for additional information!
In the 2014/15 season, The WCPE Education Fund sponsored the North Carolina Symphony’s Ovations program, providing concert tickets at no cost to nearly two dozen small groups of advanced student musicians in North Carolina. To receive concert tickets, each ensemble performs for a half hour before one of the Symphony’s classical concerts, from 7:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. in the lobby of Meymandi Concert Hall. The Ovations program provides a wonderful opportunity to preview musical works as these young musicians are preparing for their concerts and competitions. North Carolina Symphony musicians and the Symphony’s world class guest artists are role models who encourage Ovations participants to reach higher, try harder, and –above all- keep on playing!
In the fall of 2014, the WCPE Education Fund help Chapel Hill Philharmonia present a free children's concert, conducted by Chapel Hill music professor Donald Oehler. Chapel Hill Philharmonia is a diverse group of musicians who share a love of classical music. Learn more about the ensemble at chapelhillphilharmonia.org.
Now in its fourth year, Kidznotes is a music program that inspires social change for its students and the community. It engages students pre-Kindergarten through the 12th grade in ten hours, weekly, of instrumental instruction, choir, music theory, general music, orchestra, and band. The program, which relies on community support and partnerships, is based on the successful El Sistema model pioneered by Venezuelan economist and musician José Antonio Abreu. We’ll be asking several of the students to practice their writing and presentation skills to share some of their favorite works of classical music with our listeners- on the radio! We were able to record material for Kidznotes Classics during the twelve-day Kidznotes Summer Camp this past July. Our WCPE Education Fund provided scholarships for six students to attend camp with a grant of $2,000. Read more about Kidznotes at kidznotes.org.
Kidznotes Classics aired Monday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 21, at 4:00 p.m. Click here to listen to excerpts from the show!
WCPE is not able to post the entire show due to copyright restrictions, but you may listen to the children’s voices.
WCPE Education Fund
Contributing to the WCPE Education Fund is an option available only to WCPE donors who forgo a thank-you gift and ask, instead, to send ten percent of their contribution back out into our community to fund classical music educational endeavors. WCPE accepts grant applications for projects local nonprofit organizations with an annual March deadline. Over the years we have provided music lessons, masterclasses, concert tickets, sheet music, and much more. Here’s what our most recent grants have accomplished.
- This fall, we partner with Kidznotes in Durham, North Carolina to bring you special programming for children, by children. Now in its fourth year, Kidznotes is a music program that inspires social change for its students and the community. It engages students pre-Kindergarten through the 12th grade in ten hours, weekly, of instrumental instruction, choir, music theory, general music, orchestra, and band. The program, which relies on community support and partnerships, is based on the successful El Sistema model pioneered by Venezuelan economist and musician José Antonio Abreu. We’ll be asking several of the students to practice their writing and presentation skills to share some of their favorite works of classical music with our listeners- on the radio! We were able to record material for Kidznotes Classics during the twelve day Kidznotes Summer Camp this past July. Our WCPE Education Fund provided scholarships for six students to attend camp with a grant of $2,000. Watch our website for information about Kidznotes Classics this fall, and read more about Kidznotes at kidznotes.org.
- Thanks to financial support in the amount of $1,250 from the WCPE Education Fund, Chapel Hill Philharmonia will be able to provide the community with a special children’s concert on October 26th Chapel Hill music professor Donald Oehler, is a diverse group of musicians who share a love of classical music. We hope you’ll bring the special young people in your life to this event. Details: chapelhillphilharmonia.org
- With its motto Great Futures Start Here, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greensboro ran a successful pilot music program last summer. The program introduced club members to classical music through music theory, history, composition and performance. The children responded so well that the clubs wanted secure funding to continue and expand the program. A grant of $3,000 from the WCPE Education Fund will be used to purchase keyboards and other instruments. The clubs are also seeking donations of additional instruments for use in twice weekly hour-long sessions with the goal of providing private lessons and developing chamber groups or possibly an orchestra. One long term goal of this program is to raise the skills of club members high enough to participate in local classical music organizations, such as the Greensboro Youth Symphony. As this exciting music program continues, we are proud to see children who often come from difficult home environments exploring new ideas, improving their sense of community, and becoming ambassadors for classical music and its positive effects.
- WCPE is proud to sponsor the North Carolina Symphony’s Ovations program with a grant of $3,000. A valuable educational tool, Ovations is a pre-concert performance opportunity for advanced students and community groups on classical concert nights in Meymandi Concert Hall from 7:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. This grant will purchase tickets for the performers to experience the North Carolina Symphony for free after their own lobby performance.
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Women’s Voices Chorus and Vivaldi’s Gloria!
Nearly four years ago, WCPE began to offer contributors the opportunity to donate ten percent of their donation to a special fund. The WCPE Education Fund has provided music lessons, summer camps, concert tickets and funding for small local ensembles of all ages.
The WCPE Education Fund recently helped Women's Voices Chorus produce a short educational documentary about a very special performance of Vivaldi's Gloria, which is available for viewing at no cost online, along with the full concert.
Today it’s rare to hear an all-female performance of the Gloria, since not all women’s groups can provide the wide vocal range of the original Ospedale choir’s female tenors and basses. In the “Gloria et Pax” concert, accompanied by a baroque orchestra, the ensemble gave an authentic performance similar to what might have been heard in Venice 300 years ago.
“The WCPE grant helped us produce a documentary about this performance,” states Allan Friedman, D.M.A., Artistic Director of WVC. “We included footage from our rehearsals and concerts as well as interviews with our artistic director and chorus members.”
The documentary and concert are also are available on DVD for a small fee at their online store! Proceeds will cover other expenses incurred in the making of the film.
Watch this documentary:
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Listen to the radio world premiere of three works commissioned for the Philharmonic Association's 25th anniversary season: Please Click Here!
Our recent grant to the Philharmonic Association in their 25th anniversary season covered half the cost of the Living Composers project, allowing four youth orchestras to rehearse with a living composer and premiere his composition. We are honored to share recordings of three of these premieres with you on WCPE on October 15, 2013 at 7 pm. We are so grateful to Craig Brandwynne, Vice President/Producer of Center Sound Records and Associate Audio Professor at the Living Arts College in Raleigh, and Nicholas Bagwell, a recent graduate of Living Arts College, for volunteering time, equipment and expertise to capture and edit the recordings so that we can hear these fine young musicians at their finest! For more information about Living Arts College, please visit www.living-arts-college.edu, and for more information about Center Sound Records, please visit www.centersoundrecords.com.
Find out what the composers are saying about this special project!
WCPE interview with Dr. Robert Nosow
WCPE interview with Tom Lohr
WCPE interview with Craig Hanemann
The WCPE Education Fund consists of monies raised by donors who have elected to reserve ten percent of a donation to WCPE Radio for educational outreach within the community.
To all WCPE Education Fund contributors: thank you for helping WCPE promote classical music education opportunities in North Carolina. It is humbling to look back at what we have achieved, collectively, since we began this effort in 2010. To date, nearly $20,000 has been invested in classical music education!
“Thank you WCPE for helping me make my mom proud of me.”
— Tahir, age 7, plays percussion through KidzNotes in Durham, NC
“I took my first piano lesson at age 6, my first cello lesson at age 10, and my first horn lesson at age 41.... My membership in the Raleigh Concert Band affords me another opportunity to learn and play in a community organization…. As a long-time member of WCPE, I’d like to thank The Classical Station and its education fund for its grant to the [Raleigh Concert] Band, and for sharing its enthusiasm for and commitment to Great Classical Music.”
— Barb Prillaman, Raleigh Concert Band
“[I]t’s really cool to actually know [the composer’s] thought process when he is listening to this piece of music, exactly how he wants it to go.”
— Sarah, freshman, Triangle Youth Orchestra, Philharmonic Association
This spring, the WCPE Education Fund has supported the Durham Symphony Orchestra’s classical music concerts with a gift of $1,500. With the development of classical music appreciation in mind, Music Director William Henry Curry includes at least one American composer on every concert program (something that has rarely been done in the history of any orchestra!), in addition to popular pieces and familiar favorites. The orchestra presents special family concerts of classical music which often include a performance element (e.g. an African American dance ensemble), and instrument “petting zoo.” We hope the Durham Symphony will continue its engaging programming that is as diverse as Durham’s population…and, above all, keep classical music accessible to all!
As an expression of WCPE's mission, The WCPE Education Fund provides resources for nonprofit organizations that increase access to classical music education within the community.
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The WCPE Education Fund consists of monies raised by generous donors who have elected to reserve ten percent of a donation to WCPE Radio for educational outreach within the community. You, too, can contribute to this effort when you make contribution on our Secure Pledge Page!
The Classical Station is proud to announce a grant of $2,500 to the Philharmonic Association, made possible through the WCPE Education Fund. This grant will support a project providing students in the Association’s Youth Symphony, Youth Orchestra and Youth String Orchestra with new classical works written by North Carolina composers during the Philharmonic Association’s 25th anniversary season. Students will rehearse the newly commissioned works with composers Tom Lohr, Dr. Robert Nosow, Craig Hanemann, and Terry Mizesko before premiering them at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh or the Cary Arts Center. The Philharmonic Association has a history of commissioning new works for its youth orchestras and believes that it is important for the students to perform new music and learn about the process of creating orchestral works.
Funding provided by the WCPE Education Fund will pay for one of four composer honorariums and for the composer’s attendance at one or more youth orchestra rehearsals. We commend the four North Carolina composers who will engage with and inspire these young musicians from different socioeconomic backgrounds. It is the Philharmonic Association’s policy not to turn away a budding musician for whom payment is the only obstacle. Students participating in the orchestra this season will learn about creative expression, discipline and teamwork. Learning music written especially for them will be the experience of a lifetime!
The Education Fund Committee is currently researching options for recording these premieres in hopes of airing them on WCPE Radio. We encourage all WCPE listeners and especially Education Fund contributors to see this grant in action!
Tom Lohr’s Fanfare will be premiered by the Triangle Youth Symphony Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall. Dr Robert Nosow’s work will be premiered by the Triangle Youth Orchestra Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall Craig Hanemann’s Reflections will be premiered by the Triangle Youth String Orchestra on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Cary Arts Center.
The Philharmonic Association plans to schedule the premiere of Terry Mizesko’s new work in the fall on 2013.
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Thank you for choosing to support WCPE’s mission of sharing great classical music in our community through the Education Fund. Your contributions continue to improve the quality of life in our local community.
- Eastern Music Festival’s five week long scholarship program allows young musicians to perform in a professional youth orchestra. Each student receives private lessons and coaching from world class musicians whom they also observe in their own professional environment, as they perform with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. The EMF Youth Orchestra also works with the Festival ‘s featured soloists and conductors, who include pianist Awadagin Pratt and conductor JoAnn Falletta this year. $2,500 will provide an opportunity for a young North Carolina musician in need of financial assistance to train in this life changing atmosphere.
- Since they began, we have followed the progress of KidzNotes, based on Venezuela’s successful social program called El Sistema. The program provides daily music lessons and regular performance opportunities to at-risk students, building self esteem, musical skill, and sense of community. WCPE helped transport these students to local music camps last summer to retain their skills. This summer, $1,000 provided three full scholarships to KidzNotes’ own summer camp. Complete funding for the camp came from a team of community partners, individual donors and local businesses.
- We are proud to announce our first grant to MYCO at Chapel Hill (Mallarme Youth Chamber Orchestra). MYCO serves between 40-70 students from all socio-economic backgrounds, ages 11-18. $1,000 will provide scholarships for several students who require assistance to study with top music instructors and to rehearse in a small group setting. The students perform publically several times around the Triangle each semester.
- Our final summer grant, a gift of $500 to the Raleigh Concert Band, will cover a portion of the Band’s costs for music and performance venues. This all-volunteer orchestra provides a means for local non-professional musicians to retain or improve their skills. Concerts are designed to please audiences young and old, but RCB goes the extra mile by providing free tickets to many Raleigh Area Seniors to keep them active and to improve their quality of life.
To read more about how the WCPE empowers local nonprofit organizations to share great classical music within our community, visit WCPE.org/education
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I thought you might enjoy reading about a young woman who is grateful for your contribution to the WCPE Education Fund. Devonna is a seventeen year old violin player. She has been playing ever since she was four and a half years old when her mother brought a violin into their Ohio home and signed Devonna up for lessons through the Cleveland Music Settlement. Devonna and her mother moved to North Carolina just before Devonna’s freshman year in high school- a tough time to start making friends anew. Devonna’s school does not offer music lessons, and the family had limited options, so her mother contacted MYCO — Chapel Hill this summer.
Through MYCO (and her mother’s vigilant commitment to shuttle her to-and-from lessons), Devonna has received private weekly lessons from top instructors associated with major universities in the state since July. Support from the WCPE Education Fund this summer has allowed her to improve her skill tremendously through a workshop that placed her in two chamber groups- a trio and a quintet. Devonna confesses the music was quite challenging, but learning to play in this new setting- with someone playing something completely different right beside her - is an accomplishment that makes her beam with joy.
Juggling her musical commitment with other activities could be frustrating but Devonna is forthright in telling me it’s completely worth it. When asked about her plans for the future, Devonna says wants to work towards a degree in nursing while earning a minor in music. She looks forward to playing in a university orchestra.
Speaking with Devonna, it seemed clear to me that her financial limitations have not affected her desire to make music, to work hard and to help others. Family and community support have provided her with the tools she needs to build confidence and improve her musical skills. Perhaps one day while she checks your blood pressure and notes your remarkable heart health, you will see that twinkle in her eye when you reply, “It must be the classical music.”
Upcoming performances of MYCO-Chapel Hill Students at mycomusic.org
Reminder : WCPE bolsters musical education endeavors within the community through grants to established nonprofit organizations. Each donation of fifty dollars or more to The Classical Station is eligible to support the efforts of the WCPE Education Fund. Ten percent of the donation will be added to the WCPE Education Fund at the donor’s request when he/she requests no other “thank you” gift. The entire value of the donation is tax deductible.
Music changes lives at wcpe.org/education.
This Spring is the Two Year Anniversary of the WCPE Education Fund. In that time, WCPE has invested your contributions totaling $10,626.00 into classical music education within our community! Here’s what you have helped accomplished (we are so proud to have such amazing members!).
- $2,500 helped low-income students (statewide) in North Carolina attend Educational Concerts of the North Carolina Symphony at little-or-NO cost. (The students were prepared with guidebooks and exercises in the classroom before they attended the concerts. The lessons were written by experts who volunteered their time and expertise.)
- $2,500 covered the cost of transporting the first class of Durham’s KidzNotes children to summer music camps to help them retain their skills. When they returned to school in the Fall, they were not behind their peers!
- $2,226 covered four partial scholarships for North Carolina students to attend Eastern Music Festival. Though they were accepted for their musical skills, they would not have attended master classes with world class musicians or performed in a professional orchestral setting without your assistance. Because of WCPE members, they learned the valuable lessons of team work, responsibility and respect.
- $400 helped one talented high school student to practice and then perform on stage with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra during their summer festival held in Cary, NC.
- $3,000 will cover the cost of providing 60 lessons to young, low-income strings players, mostly living in Wake County, through the Young Strings of the Triangle Program. The state’s top string instructors work with these at-risk and economically disadvantaged students to improve both their self-confidence and musical proficiency.
WCPE Community & Arts Liaison
This spring, the WCPE Education Fund announces its second dispensation- a gift in the amount of $2,500 to KidzNotes in Durham, North Carolina to help with their summer mission. Executive Director Katie Wyatt will make arrangements for the children in this program to attend summer camps and classes to prevent attrition. Summer is when the largest gaps begin to develop between children. If skill sets learned during he school year are not practiced over the summer, those skills may atrophy. We want to see the KidzNotes kids return strong and ready to achieve more in the fall. This donation will help with the practical costs associated with transporting the children to their summer learning grounds. To the first sixty children of KidzNotes, we offer our support, congratulations and giant round of applause. Encore!
To find out more about KidzNotes, please visit KidzNotes.org
During our Spring Membership Drive we will be asking for your contributions to the Education Fund. We have set a goal to raise funds enough to sponsor a North Carolina high school student to take masterclasses with a world class musician at the Eastern Music Festival. We will be working with the staff at Eastern Music Festival to identify a student who would not otherwise be able to cover tuition. The cost for tuition for one student is $2,226, but additional fees (including room and board, private lessons, and other general fees) bring the cost for each student to $5,275. Each member of the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra must agree to teach 2 students in masterclasses in order to be included in the Festival’s orchestra. These top-notch players come from all over the world. Students in the masterclass program also come from all over the world, passing rigorous auditions and a competitive application process. What’s even more exciting is that the five best overall students in the masterclass program will get to perform with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra in their concerts!
More information: easternmusicfestival.org
We are also hoping to sponsor a student from the Community Music School for the Side-By-Side program at the Cross Currents Chamber Music Festival in Cary this July. The festival, now in its 5th year, is the summer project of the Brussels Chamber Orchestra and it includes many free and educational events. The student we hope to sponsor will receive masterclasses with a member of the Brussels Chamber Orchestra and will perform with the orchestra in their festival concerts. The cost per student is $400, and we are working to identify a strong student who would benefit from and enjoy this opportunity. Community Music School provides music lessons for $1 to students who qualify for Wake County's Free and Reduced Lunch program.
More information about the Cross Currents Chamber Music Festival: brusselschamberorchestra.com/crosscurrentsfestival
More information about Community Music School: cmsraleigh.org
Stay Tuned: The WCPE Education Fund committee is interviewing to find our next project. We look forward to telling you more about it during our Spring Membership Drive!
Remember, we need YOUR help! Tell us about classical music educators in the community and we may be able to help them achieve more (as long as they are a non-profit organization). Thank you!
Sarah Hicks on the WCPE Education Fund.
For tickets, program notes, podcasts, the blog and more, visit the North Carolina Symphony Web site at www.ncsymphony.org. Call North Carolina Symphony Audience Services at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.
If you joined us during the Fall Membership Drive, you know that the Education Fund committee has been hard at work! We now have official guidelines in place, and we dispensed our first round of funds. The decision to support the pilot year of the North Carolina Symphony’s educational concerts for middle- and high-school students is one that makes us proud. We hear from so many listeners telling us that their childhood trips to the symphony were monumental. Some of those listeners went on to play instruments themselves, while others waited until adulthood to revisit the magic of classical music. Then, that process of rediscovery is a beautiful one because we remember how to open the doors of our imagination. We find ourselves remembering how to listen, how to earnestly connect to our emotions, and how to understand our innate yearning for harmony. Just think of what a helpful tool music can be during the tumultuous teen years!
On September 28, 2010, the WCPE Education Fund committee awarded $2,500 to the North Carolina Symphony to reduce or cover ticket prices for educational concerts for middle- and high-school students who otherwise could not afford to attend the performances. NC Symphony Education Manager, Jessica Nalbone, is working with teachers who enrolled their classes to attend concerts. Together, they will target the students who need financial assistance to participate in this exciting field trip. What we love most is the creativity involved in starting this trial run with no budget! The symphony piggybacked this pilot year onto its (already educationally natured) Friday Favorites series, which will focus on art, dance, and Shakespeare…in music.
Ms. Nalbone put out a statewide call for writers. From thousands of responses, she chose experts who were eager to volunteer their time in support of this mission. In teams, they crafted lesson plans for teachers to help prepare students and maximize the benefits of attending the concerts. We expect to see some incredible cross-curriculum cooperation! In fact, we hope teachers open their doors and invite cross-classroom cooperation. Already we have seen successful learning and development in this program.
Thank you for helping WCPE reach this underserved age group and target the students who would not have been able to partake in this monumental opportunity. We hope that this pilot year goes well enough for middle- and high-school educational concerts to go solo and state-wide next year.
Here’s another piece of great news: the Education Fund facilitated the donation of a piano belonging to a WCPE member. We covered the cost of moving the piano safely to its new home at the Holton Center in Durham. The new El Sistema–based program KidzNotes will use this piano for their lessons and performances. KidzNotes’ mission is to provide classical orchestral music training beginning in the preschool years. As does the successful social program El Sistema, created by José Antonio Abreu in Venezuela in 1975, KidzNotes aims to combat poverty, strengthen inner-city education, and foster positive decision-making to unlock the world. Find out more about the program in Durham at KidzNotes.org. We wish KidzNotes a successful first year!
The Education Fund committee welcomes your recommendations for classical music education opportunities. Tell us what (and who!) works well in your community, or let us know about a project that might need funding. With you acting as our eyes and ears, we will be better able to serve the community. Together, we can make a difference!
Listen to Jessica Nalbone of the WCPE Education Fund give her personal thanks to all participants here! (MP3 Format)
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